I, Anonymous

I, Anonymous: Invasive Weed Ruining City

I, Anonymous

Steven Weissman

I get it. Pot, that magical weed, is legal. You can buy it, carry it, and smoke it. Nobody can touch you. Life is good. Listen up, you arrogant jerks, it is still ILLEGAL to smoke the damn thing in the streets. Go home. Go to a friend's. Go to one of the more private public spots. I don't want to smell your stupid dope when I'm walking around, much less in my OWN APARTMENT where I can't get away from it. It's summer, you inconsiderate jackasses. I have very little choice but to open my windows and turn on the fan. It sucks your stinky smoke right inside. And it does stink. Like a skunk. Yes, you now smell like a skunk. Congratulations. I suppose you think I'm some prissy antidrug moron. Au contraire, skunky. I voted for the legalization of marijuana because it isn't that dangerous and does have some medical uses that should be explored. I don't care if people get high. Just do it far away from me and my windows. Show some fucking courtesy.


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Posted by Michael B King on August 12, 2014 at 7:55 PM · Report this
I was afraid this would happen, which is why I voted against the law. Unfortunately, this is a classic example of 'give them an inch, and they'll take a mile'. I don't think there's a single pothead out there that doesn't know you're not allowed to smoke in public spaces, and I'm betting most try to respect that, but there are a lot of rather entitled brats who think they can toke anywhere with impunity.

Funny thing, though; if I pull out one of my cheap-ass cat-turd stogies and light that up right next to them, what do you want to bet they'll be screaming bloody murder about having to breathe my secondhand smoke?
Posted by MrB on August 12, 2014 at 8:13 PM · Report this
Seattlebcc 3
This sounds like so many gripping tourists "its stinky, "my kids might smell it", "its so bad", so, im guessing, yet another new-i-wanna-fit-in-by-voting-for-something-I-really-hate-"transplant". Recommendation to our new new transplant who like so many more have ruined this city with increased crime cost of living and high rents and then bithch about something that has been wafting through this city since - what -the1960's? - move back to where you came from and where pot is illegal.
Posted by Seattlebcc on August 13, 2014 at 4:19 AM · Report this
I get it. Being a Seattle Hipster PBR Guzzling Douche Bag is legal. But keep it to yourself, OK? No one needs to be exposed to that.

Seriously, Seattle, we live in a society, get used to people doing things you don't do and find mildly annoying.

Now excuse me while I spritz myself with some fucking fragrance and jump into my SUV to rev the engine a bit. I hope it annoys you and aggravates your gluten intolerance..
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on August 13, 2014 at 9:24 AM · Report this
1) Most of the people smoking on the streets don't have an apartment to go home to, you insensitive ass.

2) People have been smoking pot in public in Seattle for a long, long time now. Legalization didn't change a thing about that.
Posted by treehugger on August 13, 2014 at 9:29 AM · Report this
@2: Your biggest complaint about legal pot is that it smells bad? And yet you want to act like your stogie shouldn't bother anybody, even as you admit to lighting up right next to other people? Oh, to have a life as simple as yours!
Posted by treehugger on August 13, 2014 at 9:30 AM · Report this
My biggest issue with butt smokers is that they feel it's just hunky dory to toss their butts on the ground where ever they are. Cigarette butts are everywhere, and these same douche bags want to complain about the stench of weed?

We live in a world with other people. Want everything YOUR way? Go live up 5 miles of gravel road in central Washington with the rest of the "Libertarian" Ayn Rand Coo Coo Nuts.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on August 13, 2014 at 10:11 AM · Report this
The_Shaved_Bear 8
@4 & @7 How's that spitter tasting, you twerp?
Posted by The_Shaved_Bear on August 13, 2014 at 10:49 AM · Report this
@4, in in out in the open is one thing...when it stinks up the place you live it's quite another. I once lived in an apartment in which pot heads filled the stairwell with joint smoke and it got into my apartment and stunk everything up. And there was no place for me to escape it because I was already home.

Fortunately I now live in my own home with no HOA and plenty of space between neighbors. But people in or near apartments really should be more considerate of their neighbors. Unfortunately if you want to live in a place like that, the only answer seems to be to have fewer neighbors.
Posted by Diagoras on August 13, 2014 at 11:08 AM · Report this
Karlheinz Arschbomber 10
When the tobacco addicts stop choking me everywhere, this moronic whine might carry some weight.

But for now, Shut The Fuck Up.
Posted by Karlheinz Arschbomber on August 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM · Report this
i like to smoke pot
Posted by PieinmyRace on August 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM · Report this
@4: Yeah, we live in a society! Where our actions impact other people we have a responsibility to be good neighbors to. I don't have a right not ever to be mildly annoyed, but you have a responsibility not to mildly annoy me when you can help it. Such as, y'know... going the fuck into your own home if you're going to stink the place up.
Posted by pheeeew!crack!boom! on August 13, 2014 at 12:32 PM · Report this
so sick of these idiots smoking pot anywhere and every where. at the bus stop on the street outside the bar etc etc. but then what did we expect I cant walk down the street without hacking up a lung from all the cigarette smoke. Even though there are laws these laws are unenforced and I have been threatened with bodily harm for asking people to not smoke at the bust stop.
Posted by Dennis for President on August 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM · Report this
And all you people with your cars. Stop driving them past my house too. How dare you fill my house with your exhaust fumes.

Also, grilling. How dare you grill within 500 feet of me so I have to smell your delicious cooking meat.
Posted by Jonman on August 13, 2014 at 12:52 PM · Report this
@ "Shaved Bear"
@4 & @7 How's that spitter tasting, you twerp?
I understand you have an obsession with me, but I will not fuck you no matter how many times you IM me and ask. I'm not gay - not that there's anything wrong with that - but beyond that, your fetishes are quite disgusting. Seriously, your last IM about butt plugs is something you should probably have posted on 4-Chan (although that's probably where you got it, along with your pedo-bestiality porn)

Seriously, dude, seek therapy.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on August 13, 2014 at 12:53 PM · Report this
Get an AC jerk. No one is making you bake in your cramped little hot apartment.
Posted by getanAC on August 13, 2014 at 12:59 PM · Report this
Ever stop to think that smoke could be coming from people smoking in the apartment above or below you, which would mean they're smoking in their own residense? I don't like smelling cigs everywhere but I still do. Don't live in an apartment if you don't want to be in such close quarters with legal things you dislike.
Posted by LynnwoodSucks on August 13, 2014 at 1:30 PM · Report this
mabel 18
Complaining about smells is a slippery slope. I once lived in an apartment building that reeked of curry and spices that really bothered me, but i would never complain about my foreign neighbors ethnic cooking. Weed has officially been voted in to part of our culture now deal with it, there are a million worse smells lurking in urban area get some incense or something cry baby...
Posted by mabel on August 13, 2014 at 1:31 PM · Report this
Anon,turn your fan around and blow your hot air outside
Posted by neoanderthal on August 13, 2014 at 1:40 PM · Report this
Deal with it.
Posted by BoulderDrop on August 13, 2014 at 2:09 PM · Report this
Compared to drunks puking, pissing stinking up the air, body odor, garlic seeping through people's pores, give us a break. Smoke all you want, where you want people(alas, due to my job I can't partake) deserve it!

The world will be a much more peaceful place..

And if you can't deal, give it time...edibles are coming soon
Posted by topcat1964 on August 13, 2014 at 2:25 PM · Report this
"I have very little choice but to open my windows and turn on the fan. It sucks your stinky smoke right inside."

First, here's a $50 window AC unit on CL.…

Second, "I suppose you think I'm some prissy antidrug moron. Au contraire, skunky. " and "Show some fucking courtesy." These two statements seem to conflict since you are being very discourteous, and demanding courtesy in return.

Third, if you want me to go home to smoke, and I just happen to be your neighbor, how would I make this right with you? Close all MY windows and sweat it out so that you can have uninterrupted fresh air day in and day out? That seems unfair as well.

My advice to you would be to try a little harder to cope, buy that air conditioner I linked to, and learn more about marijuana and those folks whose lives it helps on a daily basis. You may not be anti-drug, but it's going to take more than a vote to cure you of being a prissy moron.
Posted by More logic and compassion. on August 13, 2014 at 2:44 PM · Report this
How about you get Mayor Murray on the phone and have him do something about the catch-22 that is legal-pot: illegal to smoke in public, illegal to smoke in apartments, illegal to smoke in bars/restaurants. The only people who can legally smoke weed are those who own property, so get used to me and everyone else toking up inside our apartments and outside on the street until Murray and his ass-hat city-council can come up with a plan to allow people to enjoy their legal weed with the kitty-hall seal of approval.
Posted by William206 on August 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM · Report this
Obviously smoking pot on the streets is illegal. Just like walking about swigging from a brown bag. You can complain about that if you want, it's mildly justified. But one of the unfortunate aspects of apartment living is sharing close quarters with other people. My neighbours are Yankee Candle addicts and it really bums me out, but hey, they pay rent here too. A neighbour's pot smoke wafting through an open window really isn't a serious problem.
Posted by Jack206 on August 13, 2014 at 3:19 PM · Report this
Slam1263 25
I was going to go to the park, and protest against the pot smoke.

But I got high.
Posted by Slam1263 on August 13, 2014 at 3:52 PM · Report this
i hope those that smoke pot smoke as much as possible..i wish more young kids would smoke it as they will be the ones in the job market when my son is looking for a job..smoke up kids..heck i'll even put up with paying your medical bills when you get the throat and esophagus cancer if it means my son has a better shot at that job!! good luck to you.. and if you think it's a non starter with regard to the health about them,deny them and plan your funeral..but mostly just deny that it's safe and natural!!
Posted by esp on August 13, 2014 at 6:44 PM · Report this
@esp, I did quite a bit of research on marijuana and at least at the time I ended such research (2007) there wasn't a confirmed case of ling cancer caused by mj only. Let me explain myself.

All plants have differing characteristics and one major diff between mj and tobacco is that tobacco really soaks up radioactive particles. Ever read the ingredients on a pack of smokes and wonder why one of them is polonium? It's used in the fertilizer and the tobacco leaches it out of the soil.

MJ on the other hand isn't grown with fucking polonium and doesn't leach radioactive isotopes out of the soil.

Cigarette smokers are breathing in radioactive material and after enough exposure, cancer forms in some peoples lungs. Not all, some. My grandfather smoked a pack of camels a day since he was 10 and died in his sleep at 88. Some people are more susceptible to getting lung cancer and if they smoke tobacco, they will increase their chances of getting it.

But, before anyone jumps in to tell me I'm wrong, and I don't doubt they will (Zifferelli hasn't even mentioned MALT LIQUOR and COCAINE yet), pot only recently becoming legal hasn't stopped millions of Americans (some say 30% smoke at least a few times a year), then how come there aren't millions of pot-only smokers getting lung cancer? I know some people, quite a few, who are daily users. This being Seattle, I wouldn't think it would be too hard to find a lot of daily smokers (this is a music town, right?) and where's all of their lung cancer?

I'm a little sick and tired of all of the dirt I see thrown MJ's way concerning all of the supposed lung cancer it's going to cause. A few years ago, well like 8 now, the EU did a study on the safest way to inhale pot because it's used as a medicine there. First place was a tie between the Volcano vaporizer and fucking joints. That's right. Joints were found to be as safe as a $650 vaporizer.

So all of those future competitors to your son's employment aren't going to get sick and die. Your kid better have some fucking chops to score that job.
Posted by Pixelboy7734 on August 13, 2014 at 7:27 PM · Report this
JonnoN 28
while we're complaining about smells, let's make it illegal for that lady with too much perfume to ride the elevator.
Posted by JonnoN on August 13, 2014 at 8:37 PM · Report this
Close your windows or move to a place that doesn't have pot smokers. If you choose to live in the city, then put up with it.
Posted by longwayhome on August 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM · Report this
Move away uptight asshole. I've been dealing with smog and yuppies since I was born. Breathe deep or shut your windows.
Posted by rayedioedit on August 13, 2014 at 10:40 PM · Report this
I work in games and a lot of really fat people use the bathroom. The stench of their ass-sweat permeates the air like rotten ham. I'm very offended by the odor and it hangs for hours. But fat gamer ass is perfectly fucking legal. The smell of marijuana's not a 10th as bad. Chill the fuck out. Seems like you want an excuse to be indignant about something.
Posted by LMNOP on August 14, 2014 at 2:02 AM · Report this
perfect solution for apt dwellers: use a vapor pen! prices range from 30 to 100 bux dependent upon quantity and quality but no smell to speak of, supposedly no health concerns due to the absence of smoke (not too sure on that one as they sometimes use harsh chemicals to extract the oil from the flower) but definitely more economical than consuming via combustion (3 times? more THC via vapor vs. flame burnt flower). i agree with the offended here though as i can relate on a different level: barking dogs. we gotta respect private space whether cramped in tight quarters or buffered by property setbacks. i live in a house, decently spaced from neighbors, but god-damn! the pusherman! doesn't the incessant barking (cries for attention really) from my neighbor's "beloved" best friend always fuck up my private space all to hell! that's when i reach for my vape pen and 2,3 pulls later (that's all it takes) with some youtube teddy pendergrass (telling my age here and providing recommendation for smouldering nooky music; -take heed young whippersnapper)...and next thing i know i am writing donation checks to the local SPCA. what we are asking for here is much forgotten custom called "manners". and it doesn't matter whether your a scourge-of-the-earth-republican transplant or the holiest-of-holy-grail original northwesterner (the original puget sound native american tribes?) the rule of reasonable consideration and accommodation for your fellow human being should always apply. so today's debate isn't really about the negative impacts of legalized weed but rather, how the legalization of weed has provided yet another avenue for assholes to fuck up a really good thing.
Posted by rayray on August 14, 2014 at 2:36 AM · Report this
@21: You have a great point here, and I'd like to remind everybody else commenting that there is a good stretch of Pike Street downtown that smells like concentrated hobo piss. I,Anon finds the concentrated hobo piss to be a more pleasant smell than marijuana. Let that sink in.
Posted by treehugger on August 14, 2014 at 10:07 AM · Report this
and no more microwaving fish in the break room!
Posted by iEarthling on August 14, 2014 at 10:14 AM · Report this
The_Shaved_Bear 35
@15) Now these fantasies about IMs and butt plugs. Truly telling. it's OK, SLOG won't judge (much).
Posted by The_Shaved_Bear on August 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM · Report this
Those whiny, rich, entitled condo assholes sure are changing Capitol Hill for the better, aren't they?
Posted by maddogm13 on August 14, 2014 at 11:33 AM · Report this
You might consider the possibility that this isn't marijuana smoke at all but is, indeed, skunks. They're all over. And multiplying. And they stink. That's why they won't go inside. Perhaps we can make them illegal and put them in jail.

Oh, wait.
Posted by Paddy Mac on August 14, 2014 at 12:19 PM · Report this
19 already beat me to it, but in case you missed it: I can't believe the very first comment wasn't, "JUST TURN YOUR FAN AROUND."
Posted by jack chandelier on August 15, 2014 at 12:15 PM · Report this
This is the disfunctional law at work. It's completely unreasonable to expect people to only use the second most popular recreational drug only in their homes far away from all social events.

I voted for the law. It needs to be augmented to allow things such as smoking decks at bars, and designated lounges, the equivalent of beer gardens at public events, etc. Imagine what the situation would be like with alcohol if you were allowed to buy it but not drink in bars and restaurants and designated areas anywhere nightlife areas.

If the legal authorities are too lame to actually consider fixing this, the seattle cops should:

Step up issuing tickets. BUT, issue guidelines that call for tickets in the scenarios that annoy people.
Posted by chrisgreen on August 15, 2014 at 2:23 PM · Report this
It may annoy people now, but in a few years, the only people who notice will be the extreme "no-fragrance" zealots.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on August 16, 2014 at 8:29 AM · Report this
Ruining the city? Really? I think you may want to rethink your choice of words.
Posted by yesthatsme on August 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
I can't wait until the next whiney I, Anon. Wonder what thin-skinned complaint we will all ponder next week will be?
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on August 17, 2014 at 3:48 PM · Report this
@4 I think the opposite - we live in a society, by which I mean, you don't get to do whatever you want to do. You have an obligation to society to not do things that offend the ethos - including stinking up someone else's living space as a recreational activity.
Posted by fetish on August 18, 2014 at 2:30 PM · Report this
El Matardillo 44
If you don't want to smell pot, move to Woodinville.
Posted by El Matardillo on August 18, 2014 at 4:42 PM · Report this
You know, I Anon, when you try to CAPITALIZE words that you're trying to emphasize (RUDELY, I might add!), it really makes you COME OFF like you have a bug up your ASSHOLE. "This weed is ILLEGAL! What about my OWN APARTMENT? I'm choking to DEATH because of your NOXIOUS WEED in my PRECIOUS PERFECT LUNGS, you ARROGANT JERKS!"

Talk about arrogance! Get over yourself. Voting for legal weed is a basic, decent thing to do for your fellow human beings so that they don't end up thrown in jail over an essentially harmless substance. Voting for its legality like any ethical person ought to have done doesn't make your whining tolerable any more than voting for Obama makes you not a racist (in other words, it doesn't). I get that your lily-white lungs are offended by the noxious (and probably faint, I'm guessing, unless people are lighting up right outside your window and blowing it directly inside, something I'm willing to bet isn't the case) odor of weed. I also know that if you were living in the city before it was legal, congratulations, your apartment would probably smell just like it does now. Prior to legalization, Seattle police were required by law to treat marijuana complaints as being of the lowest possible priority for them. People still smoked on the streets, and though I don't doubt that some feel they now have the freedom to smoke on the streets more often, I can pretty well guarantee that your apartment would not smell any rosier if we turned back the clocks.

Plenty of things are worse than weed smoke. Cigarette smoke is worse for you and exhaust is, of course, only too happy to carry carbon monoxide right into your home. NIMBYs love to say "I voted for it, now why am I inconvenienced?" as though you would have been happier with the summertime reek of Seattle in years prior. Not so, my friend. Instead of bitching that all those "arrogant" stoners who smell like "skunks" need to go home, consider for a second the possibilities here. Maybe they're in their own homes and the breeze is angled such that it goes into yours when it comes out theirs. Maybe they don't know it's happening, maybe you're situated at just the right spot to get smoke from someone else's apartment. Maybe you could try getting an air conditioner or a fan instead of blaming stoners for the fact that summertime heat is a thing. In any case, you need to lay off, stoners aren't doing this to torment poor little you.
Posted by Enatai on August 19, 2014 at 8:17 AM · Report this
@43, I shall call you "Brad Majors". How's Janet?

Also, you might consider pulling the broomstick slowly out of your ass.
Posted by Arthur Zifferelli on August 19, 2014 at 9:51 AM · Report this
@46 fuck off, you're human garbage, mmkay?
Posted by fetish on August 19, 2014 at 2:13 PM · Report this
I really don't care if people smoke weed. I don't care if they smoke cigarettes. I don't care if they use perfume. I don't care if they don't wipe their ass sufficiently. That doesn't negate the fact that any of these odors in excess is offensive. People can be such hypocrites - my s--t don't stink, especially if it's something I"M enjoying.
Posted by MJ does stink on August 19, 2014 at 3:05 PM · Report this
@47: It comes back, again and again, because you people give it attention. Take away its lifeblood. Ignore the ziff troll.
Posted by treehugger on August 19, 2014 at 5:18 PM · Report this
@43: You do not have the right to never have to smell other people.
Posted by treehugger on August 19, 2014 at 5:21 PM · Report this
@50 I'm way late, but as it turns out, we DO have a right to some level of not smelling other things. There are reasons we have zoning, so that you don't have a paper mill next to your apodment.

Believe it or not, your actions do impact other people, and it's not merely them "choosing" to be annoyed or not. The courts do say, the impacts of some actions are "reasonable" and some are not (such as, you are not allowed to blast your stereo at any time of day). My take is, smelling marijuana smoke that has seeped out of a neighbors apartment and in to yours on a regular basis is NOT reasonable.
Posted by fetish on August 22, 2014 at 8:37 AM · Report this
I like the smell of pot, personally. I think it adds to our city that previously smelled of piss and car fumes. Pot is a much nicer smell.
Posted by Chandira on September 11, 2014 at 3:14 PM · Report this

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